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Feds offering more rapid coronavirus tests to employers

The Canadian government is providing more employers with free rapid tests for workplace coronavirus screenings. According to a press release, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce…

Half of employees placing more value on flexibility than hours, location since pandemic: survey

Almost half (49 per cent) of Canadian workers said they value flexibility over hours or location more now than prior to the coronavirus pandemic, while…

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  • May 12, 2021 May 12, 2021
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B.C.’s temporary paid sick leave program laying groundwork for permanent offering: Premier

Employees affected by the coronavirus in British Columbia will qualify for up to three days of paid sick leave under proposed legislation that Premier John Horgan expects will…

CRA allowing employees to claim up to $400 work-from-home tax deduction

OPSEU increasing paid sick days for employees during pandemic

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union is giving its staff more paid sick days until the end of the coronavirus pandemic or for the duration…

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  • May 6, 2021 May 6, 2021
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Employers making pension, benefits changes as pandemic continues: survey

Canadian employers are making ongoing changes to their pension and benefits offerings as the coronavirus pandemic drags on, according to a new survey by the…

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  • May 5, 2021 May 5, 2021
  • 09:00

LinkedIn supporting well-being via bonus paid week off for global workforce

To support employees through the many personal and professional challenges of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, LinkedIn Corp. recently provided its global workforce with a week…

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What are the current provincial policies on emergency, sick leave amid the coronavirus pandemic?

While the debate over paid sick days intensifies across Canada, only two provinces currently offer this benefit on a permanent basis. On April 30, Ontario…


Green Shield Canada adding gender-affirmation offering to group benefits plans

Green Shield Canada is introducing a gender-affirmation offering in all group plans as a standard benefit. The offering is effective June 30 and reimburses plan…

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  • April 30, 2021 May 2, 2021
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Ontario giving employees three paid sick days, reimbursing employers

Workers in Ontario will soon be able access three paid sick days to help them self-isolate during the coronavirus pandemic, but critics said the policy…


Employees working harder, more loyal to employers amid pandemic: survey

While the coronavirus pandemic has caused elevated workloads and exhaustion among employees, it’s also resulted in improved loyalty to employers and a stronger sense of…

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  • April 28, 2021 April 28, 2021
  • 15:00

Employers holding on-site coronavirus vaccination clinics in hot spots

Alberta will begin offering coronavirus vaccines to thousands of meat-packing employees across the province starting this week, but a union leader says some workers are reluctant…


Employee mental health top well-being issue for 72% of Canadian employers: survey

Employee mental health is the top well-being issue in Canada, according to 72 per cent of employers, surveyed for Aon’s 2021 global well-being survey. Work-life…

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  • April 26, 2021 April 26, 2021
  • 09:00
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New Brunswick expanding biosimilars policy in public drug plans

The New Brunswick government is expanding the use of biosimilars for certain chronic conditions in its public drug plans. Approximately 3,000 beneficiaries of the province’s…

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  • April 23, 2021 April 26, 2021
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Canadian employers stepping up as controversy around paid sick days swirls

As it becomes increasingly clear that workplaces are a key transmission location in the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic, some Canadian employers are offering…

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Pharmacare should include high-cost treatment strategy, flexibility for plan sponsors: consultant

While a national pharmacare program is yet to be revealed by the federal government, any future plan should contain provisions for all costly treatments and…

Opposition leaders criticizing Liberals over pharmacare, old-age security and childcare

Federal opposition leaders are criticizing the Liberal government’s first budget in two years for omitting pharmacare, while suggesting alternatives to a proposed $30-billion national childcare…

Shifting workplace norms causing mental distress for Canadian workers: report

Fundamental changes to the traditional workplace are causing greater levels of mental distress for managers and non-managers alike in the Canadian workforce, noted findings from…

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  • April 21, 2021 April 22, 2021
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City of Toronto, Peel Region closing workplaces with coronavirus outbreaks

Ontario’s two biggest coronavirus hot spots are moving to temporarily close businesses with recent outbreaks of the virus, in an effort to rein in surging…

Editorial: Learning by doing during a once-in-a-century crisis

The best way to learn is by doing. And since March 11, 2020, when a pandemic was declared by the World Health Organization, we’ve all…

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Ontario looking at employer-operated, onsite vaccination clinics for ‘hot spot’ communities

In a bid to ensure individuals from hot-spot communities get access to the coronavirus vaccine, the Ontario government is working with public health units, business…

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  • April 16, 2021 April 16, 2021
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How TD Bank is putting technology first to support employees amid the pandemic

For years, digital offerings played second banana to in-person options for many employers aiming to connect with and support employees. Not anymore. As employers and…

2021 Group Benefits Providers Report: Will the rising tide of virtual health-care offerings lift all boats?

When Leona Guenette comes down with a bad case of bronchitis, she knows exactly what antibiotics she needs. Normally for Guenette, the pension and benefits…

Q&A with Microsoft Canada’s Carolyn Byer

Microsoft Canada’s head of human resources, talks about the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, implementing DEI measures and supporting employee mental health Q. What top…

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What does return to work look like for cancer patients?

When a 46-year-old woman was diagnosed in early 2016 with stage-two triple-negative breast cancer, she started planning her return to full-time work at almost the…

Assessing mental-health offerings for plan members with moderate to severe symptoms

The pandemic has taken a dramatic toll on the well-being of Canadians, but one of the most notable trends has been its impact on employees…